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  • davidjoliver
    11 August, 2006 at 14:01
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    Hi all, have recently completed my CELTA and passed but all the jobs appear to require a degree. i have 20 years work experience but no formal education beyond 6 O Levels. Am i barking up the wrong tree in wanting to use this new qualification? Any suggestions most welcome.

    dave oliver

    16 August, 2006 at 14:31
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    Dave, welcome to the wierd world of TEFL! There’s no reason I can think of for employers to turn down a perfectly good applicant simply because he/she doesn’t have a degree. I know that in some countries the government requires that you have a degree, so in this case there’s very little the school can do.

    But in other cases, I think very often, perfectly suitable candidates are turned down for no good reason. Perhaps also the sheer number of applicants requires employers to make a shortlist in this way sometimes? I don’t know. Does having a degree make you a better teacher? I don’t think so.

    Perhaps if your degree is in something like linguistics, it can give you a greater awareness of student needs, but the most important thing, I think, is for a teacher to be able to identify with and motivate students, and get them to talk and enjoy the language, not provide them with a whole lot of theoretical linguistics…

    Someone with a lot of life experience like yourself is likely to be a good motivational person! So, you’re definitely not barking up the wrong tree – it’s the employers who require a degree who are doing this! There are a lot of jobs out there which you can get without a degree, you may just have to look for a bit longer, that’s all!!

    23 August, 2006 at 7:07
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    Hi Dave, I too have a CELTA with no other quals except for long work experience.
    It took me a while to find work, but got there eventually. In most of my attempts I didn’t even get a call back because I didn’t have a formal qualification. The Middle East is definately a hard nut to crack as, for some unknown reason, they require an MA no less in most institutes.

    There are some places where part time teaching is available if you have the time to look around, but money is not great. Other countries are definately more accommodating.

    Personnally, I’m looking for a way to obtain at least a BEd as quickly as possible as this will open up many other doors. High Schools, private institutes, that kind of thing. I’ll accept any kind of advice in that area if anyone knows the best way to do this!

    Anyway Dave, best of luck…….


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